I am passionate about supporting individuals in discovering their inner wisdom and living self-compassionate, authentic, meaningful lives. I am honored and humbled to witness the germination, growth, and flowering of the human spirit.
My approach weaves together traditional, Western, theories with mindfulness, meditation, and Eastern philosophy. I obtained my doctoral degree at the California Institute of Integral Studies. There, I obtained training in Cognitive Behavioral, Existential, Humanistic, and Psychodynamic approaches to healing. I also studied Taoist and Buddhist perspectives on wellbeing. I completed my internship at the Post Traumatic Stress Center in New Haven, Connecticut, where I witnessed individuals not only experience alleviation of their symptoms, but also flourish and re-discover meaning after having lost faith in their core spiritual beliefs. Since becoming a licensed psychologist, I have been on the faculty at Yale University, where I am regularly exposed to cutting edge research and treatment approaches. Concurrently, I have completed yoga teacher training as well as certification in Yoga of 12 Step Recovery and a workshop in Yoga Based Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Anxiety. I am currently working towards certification as a yoga therapist. I teach several classes in the community, and am happy to integrate yoga into "talk therapy" for those who are interested.
In my experience, the most powerful approach to healing and transformation lies in creating a sacred space where each individual can look inside and find his or her inner wisdom and inner capacity for healing.
Throughout my life, I have been curious about components of well-being and dis-ease that occur at the individual and also at the social/cultural and global levels. I have sought to examine these factors from a variety of perspectives, such as that of a participant observer, that of an academic, and from personal self-reflection—experiencing, reflecting, studying what others have written, and then experiencing again in an iterative manner. For example, spending two years as the only American in a Southern African village provided me with the experience of being “other” common to many therapy participants. Walking into a prison to do a mental health evaluation and then walking out again provides rich opportunity to self-reflect on the experience and meaning of freedom and confinement. I believe that my multi-modal, multidisciplinary approach to the examination of well-being and dis-ease enhances my ability to see and empathize with the complexities of therapy participants’ situations while simultaneously employing empirically validated therapies to treat anxiety, depression, and addiction.